J Balvin and Luis Fonsi are singing each other’s praises! The two music superstars sat down for an interview as part of VEVO’s Artist on Artist interview series. The two musicians hilariously began the interview with a set of silly introductions. “Nice to meet you, What’s your name,” the Despacito singer asked J Balvin, to which he replied, “Maluma.” Luis joked back: “I’m Ricky Martin, Let’s do a song together.”
VIEW GALLERY Luis joined J Balvin for the Artist on Artist interview Photo: Getty Images
The Mi Gente singer recalled meeting Luis a few years ago in Miami and spoke about the “respect” he has for his decades-long career in the music business. J Balvin also admitted that Luis’ single Yo No Me Doy Por Vencido actually made him cry. “I cause that effect on people,” Luis playfully bragged.
"They just listen to my music and cry. Don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. In Spanish, we have a term cortavena (“cut your veins”),” he continued. “That corta vena instinct will always be inside of me. I always start off with a romantic, love approach to everything I do, whether it’s a break up song, a happy song, a party song, a drinking song, whatever.”
Luis returned the favor, praising the Colombian singer for his contribution to Latin music throughout his career. “What you have done in seven years professionally, let’s call it — because I know you’ve been in the game for a long time — I can’t think of another artist who has done that,” Luis told the superstar.
J Balvin, who was moved by the statement quickly, joked: “Are you for real? Or you’re saying that to [Daddy] Yankee too?” Luis added: “I’m so proud that a group of artists like yourself, like DY, like Nicky [Jam], very good friends of ours, go anywhere in the world — Germany, Italy, Asia, Russia — and they are known, and their music is known. They have been able to take our language, our flags, our culture, to these places.”
VIEW GALLERY J Balvin and Luis sat down for a hilarious interview Photo: Getty Images
The Colombian superstar made reference to the pair’s recent success with remixes and his desire to work with up and coming artists. “Remixes are good. I love what you did with Despacito. I did the remix [of “Mi Gente] with Beyoncé, but I think right now our challenge is to make more Spanish hits." Not only did the Puerto Rican crooner and the rapper bond over music, but they also discussed their mutual love for shoes, cars and the connection between their two native islands. “Puerto Rico and Colombia have always been connected,” Luis said. “It’s like an underwater connection that comes from salsa music.”